Tuscany a region in central Italy is known for its most recognizable renaissance of art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Tuscany stretches between Florence and Siena. This region is surrounded by vine-clad hills and olive groves. Tuscany boasts of charming towns, cities and beautiful landscapes, this gives the whole region an alpine feel.
San Gimiganano nestled among a top of the hill is known as the “Manhattan of the middle ages” because of the historic and architectural towers that surround the whole place. There used to be around 65 towers back in the day, But today due to modernization and urbanization only 13 of those towers are visible in this unique city skyline. In the year 1990, San Gimiganano was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in order to preserve these monuments and architectures.
The towers in San Gimiganano represents the wealthiest family status such as magnati or nobles. The owners of the towers riches and powerfulness were displayed by tallness of a tower. A walk through San Gimiganano makes a person go back in time to the 13th and 14th Century of Tuscany.
Church of San Lorenzo in Ponte
This beautiful Cathedral was completed in 1148. Its one of the most notable Cathedral in all of Tuscany. This Cathedral is divided into three naves, from Benozzo Gozzoli’s Saint Sebastian, Stories of Saint Fina by Domenico Ghirlandaio and the wooden statues by Jacopo della Quercia.
Palazzo Comunale is known as the Town Hall which is home to the Civic Museum. This museum also is host to some of the finest arts of Pinturicchio, Benozzo Gozzoli, Flippino Lippi, Domenico di Michelino, Pier Francesco Fiorentino. Visitors can view the Sala Di Dante with Lippo Memmi’s Maesta and also view the Torre del Podesta or Torre Grossa which stands at 54 meters tall and is the tallest tower in San Gimingnano and has remained unchanged from the of its construction in 131.
San Gimingnano not only boasts about its historical and architectural beauty but also it has some of the finest vineyards. The Vernaccia di San Gimingnano an exquisite white is only produced in the hills of San Gimingnano and is an absolute must that one should taste when you visit San Gimingnano.
Monteriggioni a city in the northern extremity of the municipality of Siena in the Tuscan region is described as one of the most memorable towns in Italy. Scholars boast about the towns well preserved historical architecture and the towns medieval atmosphere. This town is surrounded by walls with ramparts, fourteen towers and two gates. The constructions of this 13-century town stand strong until this very day. The walls of this town have stood defence against impending Florentine invasion.
The Abbey of Santi Salvatore e Cirino in Abbadia a Isola
This beautiful monument was built by the orders of Ava, a noblewoman from the Lambardi di Staggia family in the year 1001 at the foot of Monteriggioni. This place was surrounded by water and also had a clear view of watching Via Francigena. The Abbey was not only considered as a church but also a place of refuge and care for wayfarers.
This Romanesque church has three naves and three apses. This places holds works of arts which includes the beautiful ployptych on the high altar, painted in the 16th century by the Sienese painter Sano Di Pietro.